This past Thursday, University of Miami professor Carlos Llerena Aguirre brought students from his Typography and Advanced multimedia/portfolio classes over to the Wolfsonian-FIU for two tours and directed presentations in our rare books and special collections library. The first group of eight students was interested in seeing a display of propaganda illustrations and drawings. As our Youth in Uniform show had just come down and been replaced with Advertising American Automobiles Abroad, Dr. Harsanyi and I laid out the tables in the main reading room with a variety of First and Second World War propaganda. When the professor and students arrived, they were brought up to the library for a talk on the subject of propaganda art utilizing that assemblage which included numerous large broadsides, stickers, pamphlets, periodicals, and rare children’s books. Afterwards I led them through our permanent exhibition galleries on the fifth floor to see a selection of the World War II posters generously donated to the Wolfsonian’s works on paper collection by Leonard Lauder. Two of the items from the library display are pictured below.

Dr. Nicolae Harsanyi, our rare book cataloguer, provided another lecture-presentation of library materials for the same professor and a second group of UM students when they arrived later this same afternoon to see some of our rare library materials dealing with typography and the Bauhaus. The following two images are examples of the materials Dr. Harsanyi pulled and used in discussions with that group of nine students.

~ by "The Chief" on October 19, 2009.


  1. Hello,
    I am the Grand-daughter of Harald Engman.1903-1968

    You are welcome to contact me for more Information about him!

    I was very close to my Grandfather and the only one keeping his legacy alive.

    Sincerely Annette Engman.

    • Kære Annette Engmann,
      Din morfar malede i 1936 et billede med titlen “Historien om en Moder” –
      Ved du om der noget foto af dette maleri – som jeg kan komme til at se ?
      Mange hilsner
      Lisbeth Skytte Christiansen

    • Dear Annette, maby you dont understand danish, so I’ll try in english. Your grandfather has portrayed a number of danish artist in the book “Moderne Bohemer”. Could I use some of these in an exibition that is held this summer at Greve Museum in Denmark? The title of the exibition is “Bohemer ved strandkanten – Greves glemte kunstnerkoloni” Which means: “Bohemians at the beachside – The forgotten artist colony at Greve” Harald Engman visited himself Greve sometimes in the 1930ties, and several of the artist here were his freinds.
      Best regards
      Lisbeth Skytte Christiansen

    • Hello
      I’m distantly related to Willy Bille and still trying to identify (double-check) the people portrayed in “Moderne Bohemer”, want to share informations.
      sincerely Lars-Bo Bille Bossov

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